Jenkins, Ensminger emerge at QB for La. Tech

As Louisiana Tech heads continues with the latter half of spring football, two quarterbacking prospects have emerged to run coach Sonny Dykes’ new spread system -- Ross Jenkins and Steve Ensminger.

Jenkins was last year’s starter and the favorite to win the starting spot this year, but Ensminger has emerged out of quarterbacking oblivion to put up a fierce challenge.

“Last year at this time, I was on the depth chart as a tight end,” Ensminger said. “And I wasn’t having any fun playing the game. I would be ready to go to practice and thinking that it wasn’t going to be fun because I wasn’t going to be playing anyway.”

But with a new coaching staff, Ensminger has a very real chance of leading the Bulldogs when they open the season in September.

Dykes said while Jenkins and Ensminger have separated themselves from a pack that included Colby Cameron, last year’s backup, Doak Raulston and Randy Hardin, who has taken up student coaching because of a shoulder injury, the competition will continue through the next six practices and the spring game.

“It is going to be a good competition between all of these guys and those two specifically have been more consistent right now but we’re going to keep competing for spots,” Dykes said. “I like that we’re starting to develop a little bit of depth at the skill positions. It is a competition and that is what makes you better.”

Jenkins returned to practice Monday after missing the last two weeks to be with his family during his father’s passing. Jenkins father suffered a stroke on March 18 and he was buried last week.

In Jenkins’ absence, Ensminger has really taken to Dykes’ up-tempo offense and shined in passing drills and scrimmages. It’s given Ensminger a renewed sense of not only what he can do on a football field, but what he can do for Louisiana Tech.

“It’s a fun time and not just because of what I’ve been able to do,” Ensminger said. “We’re all enjoying being a part of this offense that is fast-paced and quick attacking. It’s made it fun for everybody.”